Be­laru­sian sub­sta­tion goes on­line

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHENG XIN

Be­larus’ largest elec­tric­ity sub­sta­tion con­tracted by Chi­nese State-owned en­ter­prise North China Power En­gi­neer­ing Co Ltd was put into op­er­a­tion on Mon­day, which an­a­lysts said was the big­gest power grid co­op­er­a­tion so far be­tween China and Be­larus.

The 330-kV Pastvy sub­sta­tion, lo­cated in the north­ern state of Pastvy, will de­liver 110 kV of power to the states of Grodno, Vitebsk and Minsk. It will also play a sig­nif­i­cant role for Be­larus’ first nu­clear power plant, which is due to be com­pleted by 2020.

“The co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in en­ergy is quite promis­ing and we hope to con­tinue our co­op­er­a­tion with NCPE in other projects,” said the Be­larus Min­is­ter of En­ergy Vladimir Po­tupchik.

An­a­lysts said en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries has been fruit­ful in re­cent years, with $2 bil­lion in en­ergy projects tak­ing up a con­sid­er­able pro­por­tion of China’s to­tal in­vest­ment in Be­larus.

The co­op­er­a­tion is in ac­cor­dance with Chi­nese com­pa­nies’ strat­egy of go­ing global and the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, and the Chi­nese power groups are also try­ing to di­ver­sify their earn­ings sources, ac­cord­ing to Joseph Ja­co­belli, a se­nior an­a­lyst of Asia util­i­ties at Bloomberg In­tel­li­gence.

Th­ese in­vest­ments are un­likely to slow down in the fu­ture, he said.

China sees Be­larus as an im­por­tant part­ner in Belt and Road de­vel­op­ment, while Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged more ef­forts to deepen trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries dur­ing the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion in May.

The Pastvy sub­sta­tion con­nects the first nu­clear power sta­tion in Be­larus and the

Ig­nalina Nu­clear Power Sta­tion in Lithua­nia, ac­cord­ing to NCPE.

As the only junction be­tween the two nu­clear power sta­tions, the sub­sta­tion is re­spon­si­ble for trans­mit­ting the elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from the Be­laru­sian nu­clear power sta­tion and dis­tribut­ing the elec­tric­ity to some ar­eas of Be­larus, it said.

The Chi­nese en­gi­neer­ing com­pany, which is af­fil­i­ated to China Power En­gi­neer­ing Con­sult­ing Group Co Ltd un­der China En­ergy En­gi­neer­ing Co Ltd, is also the prime con­trac­tor of Be­larus’ power grid renovation

project for its nu­clear power out­put.

The project, which kicked off in 2014, will cross three states of Be­larus and cover over 60 per­cent of the area of the coun­try. It will play an im­por­tant role in nu­clear power trans­mis­sion and grid up­grad­ing in Be­larus.

The Be­larus nu­clear power trans­mis­sion and grid con­nec­tion project is the first project in Be­larus us­ing a Chi­nese gov­ern­ment con­ces­sional loan from the Ex­portIm­port Bank of China and is also the largest trans­mis­sion project con­structed jointly by China and Be­larus.

The co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in en­ergy is quite promis­ing.” Vladimir Po­tupchik, Be­larus Min­is­ter of En­ergy

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